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Breakfast at Epcot’s Garden Grill

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Welp, I survived the 2017 Disney Princesses Half Marathon weekend!  My running weekend started off with a bang participating in the 5k with the ladies of my family, my mother and my daughter.  It was so much fun to dress up in our last minute costumes (thanks amazon) and run/walk the course together.  We all three thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment and stopping to take pictures with some of the rare characters that were out like Dopey.

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After waking up so early for the race, we were all pretty hungry by the end of it.  While we were walking to the car, I decided to pull up the MyDisneyExperience app and see what was available that morning.  Chip N’ Dale’s Harvest Feast Breakfast was available for right after the park opening and since we were literally in the parking lot of Epcot, we decided to snag the reservation.  What was cool about it was that the reservation was about 10 minutes after the park opened for the day we got to go ahead and enter Epcot about 30 minutes early and head toward the restaurant. I LOVE getting into the parks before the mass of people to get those perfect family shots without everyone in the background.  The Garden Grill is a rotating restaurant (don’t worry it’s super slow) in The Land Pavilion located in the Future World area of Epcot.  We arrived about 15 minutes before our reservation to check in and we realized that the park would be opening soon, which meant that Soarin’ would be taking flight momentarily.  We asked the hostess if it would be possible to go downstairs and get in line for Soarin’ before we ate.  She said absolutely and simply paused our reservation until we got back upstairs. What a super fun surprise!  If you’re wanting an early morning breakfast and a ride on Soarin’ without a FastPass+ selection this is absolutely the way to do it.  Then you can save your tier 1 FastPass+ selection for Test Track.  So downstairs we went and we were the first people in line!  10 minutes later we were on and off the ride and heading back upstairs for breakfast.

Image-1 (12)Chip N’ Dale’s Harvest Breakfast at the Garden Grill restaurant is open from 8am-10:30am daily. The breakfast is all-you-care-to-enjoy served family style right to your table.   The menu includes grandma’s homemade cinnamon buns and a seasonal fruit bowl served first- kinda like a breakfast appetizer.  After that, the server brings out a platter full of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, tater tots, and Mickey waffles served with a chocolate hazelnut sauce and a house made salsa.  I am a lover of all types of cinnamon rolls – frozen, canned, from the mall, from Gaston’s Tavern… you name it, I love it.  But I can say with the utmost confidence that these are the best cinnamon rolls on Walt Disney World property.  I could have devoured the entire pan myself, but I love my family and let them have some too.  If you’d like syrup instead of chocolate sauce with your Mickey waffles, that’s not an issue but you’ll have to ask for it.  The initial portions were plentiful and for our table of 3 adults and 1 child, we didn’t need to ask for anything extra.  But it’s no issue if you do, your server will just bring out a small portion of whatever you ask for.  Everything on the platter was delicious, the bacon was crispy, the eggs were fluffy, what more could you ask for?  On top of the food being delicious this is a character breakfast.  While you eat character like Chip N’Dale, Mickey and Pluto come to your table to sign autographs and take pictures.  When we were there, the restaurant wasn’t busy at all and Chip N’Dale actually came around twice to play with Addie a little bit more while she finished up eating.  Our server was very attentive, friendly and talkative.  Our entire meal was a great experience.  The breakfast runs about $34.99 per adult and about $18.99 for kids.  While we thoroughly enjoyed this meal it ended up being pretty pricey for basically eggs and bacon.  Unless we want an early entrance into Epcot again, this breakfast will be on the back burner for awhile, not because it was bad but because the value isn’t there for us.  I’d much rather spend that type of money for a nice dinner at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or for a late breakfast/early lunch reservation at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom where you can basically get two meals for the price of one. The food was great, the service fantastic but the value just wasn’t there for us since we are budget travelers.  All in all it was great and if you’ve got tons of money to spend I say go for it, if not have a pop tart and save your pennies for something else.

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